Category Archives: CB65 Guitar

Amazing cort cb65 5 string deluxe banjo

The Cort CB65 is the next level up in banjos. boasting a great spec and amazing sound this instrument is a must for anyone looking for serious tone and playablity.
5 String deluxe tennor banjo 3 ply solid maple Zinc tone ring 24 Bracket One piece Flange rosewood fingerboard
RRP £679
Insurance not quoted for
Delivery 3-5 working days, unless stated and quoted for
Returns only on damaged or faulty goods

Career CB-65 Bass Guitar Amp

First, what’s on the front (what it effectively came with):
Input (Active or Passive depending on which socket used)
‘Frequency’ (notch filter) from 90Hz thru 1kHz
3-band EQ (treble-middle-bass)
Effects Send and Return sockets
CD/Tape input (to amplify practice tracks)
Line Out
Phones (practice… quietly!!)
Mains indicator
Power On/Off switch

Now, the back, and what I’ve added:
Mains input via ‘standard’ IEC connector
Speaker phase select (normal/reverse)
Speakon connector for external cab (8ohms, 60W)
DI out (phantom powered, permanent GND-lift via 100ohm and 0.047uF)
DI output levels (complete control over amount of Raw and Post EQ blend)

And, under the hood is a new speaker to handle the low-B of a five-string bass. If you get the idea this was made to work in a proper sound set-up, you’re dead right. In fact, it was so good it had to be withdrawn from service in a church (pun intended) because of being too good :) It’s a great monitor amp.

Cort CB-65 5-String

The Cort CB-65 is the next in a new line of banjos being produced by Cort. There’s very little about these around on the internet at the moment, so you can regard this as the definitive word on what these are made of, and how great they are. What this model is literally made of is a few of the finest pieces of mahogany that the green brigade will deem as ethically sourced adorning the neck and the resonator back of the CB-65. There’s not an entire shops worth of mother of pearl on it as you see on certain others in the range, but it has still been decorated in fine style, particularly on the fret board. Have a sit down with it (you’ll be glad of a seat as it’s a bit of a lump), and savour some of that sweet and solid tone, like sugar lumps rather than loose grains. It’s fast and easy to set up, so ideal for the intermediate and pro-am player. Case included.

ROCK STAR WEEK: Getting Naughty with Sole Regret

Hello maidens, we have come to the end of our rock star week and we wanted to take a moment to talk about the author that opened our eyes (here at UTC) to the wonderful world of naughty rock stars… oliviacunning

She is well known for her Sinners on Tour series, and while that was our gateway into reading her books and into our rock star addiction, we couldn’t leave Sole Regret out in the cold.

While we await for her to hurry up and write the Exodus End books, why don’t we spend One Night with Sole Regret?


One Night with Sole Regret Series, book #1
Featuring drummer, Gabe “Force” Banner
Melanie has no desire to meet the members of the rock band, Sole Regret, but her groupie of a best friend gets them both backstage and then rushes off with the band’s lead singer. Left alone at an after party with a bunch of scary tattooed and pierced metal-heads, sheltered Melanie is relieved when the only normal-looking guy in the room insists on keeping her company.

By the time Melanie discovers that Gabe is the band’s drummer and not as normal as she assumed, she has already made a complete fool of herself. She can’t help but be interested in him, not as a rock star, but as the sexiest man she’s ever encountered. Strangely attracted to his hidden tattoos and body piercing, she wonders what it would be like to spend a night with a bad boy.

Gabe is more than willing to show sweet Melanie there’s more to him than meets the eye. All she has to do is try him. Will they only share a single night of passion? Or will their hearts entangle as quickly as their bodies?


One Night with Sole Regret Series, book #2
Featuring lead guitarist, Adam Taylor
One more night…

For almost a year, Madison has been Adam’s hook-up every time his band, Sole Regret, tours through Dallas. But in spite of the way he sets her body ablaze with passion, the occasional night of rock-her-world sex isn’t enough anymore. She needs a commitment and knows that won’t fit into Adam’s rock-star lifestyle. Madison will take one more hot-and-heavy night with the sexy musician before she cuts all ties with him for good. Even if she must break her own heart to do it.

To tempt him…

Life isn’t all bright lights and fan adulation for the lead guitarist for Sole Regret. Madison has seen Adam at his worst and still managed to bring out the best in him. Her cleverly concealed naughty side also brings out the beast in him. He’s never met a more tempting woman in his life.

Madison has no problem tempting Adam into her bed, but can she tempt his heart into taking a chance on love?


One Night with Sole Regret Series, book #3
Featuring vocalist, Jacob “Shade” Silverton
She is one woman he should never touch…

Sole Regret’s enigmatic vocalist, Jacob “Shade” Silverton, is a consummate womanizer, but even he knows better than to get involved with one special woman from his past. Mixing friendship and pleasure can only lead to a broken heart, and he’s suffered enough heartache to swear off relationships for a lifetime.

He is one man she has always desired…

Amanda Lange knows all about Shade’s naughty reputation, but that doesn’t stop her from wanting to dive into the gorgeous rock star’s arms and into his bed. She convinces herself that one night of passion won’t complicate their friendship, but can she convince him of that?

They’re both playing with fire.

Neither of them realized how far one kiss would take them. As the flames of their passion ignite with the intensity of an inferno, will either of them escape the experience without being burned or will both be branded fool enough to take a chance on a relationship that was marked for ruin before it even began?


One Night with Sole Regret Series, book #0.5
NOTE: Though a Prequel, it’s best read after Take Me
This erotic novelette was originally released in an anthology entitled A Very Naughty Xmas. If you have already purchased the anthology, there is no new content in this stand-alone novelette.

A prequel to One Night with Sole Regret

After a benefit concert, Lindsey longs to spend an amazing Christmas Eve with her favorite band, Sole Regret, to thank them for their generosity. Even though she followed their tour bus up a slick mountain pass during a blizzard, she never expected to spend an entire snowy night with two generous rock stars who love to share their gifts. Trapped on a tour bus with her best friend, a rock band, and the bus driver, what can these naughty ladies possibly do to keep warm? Perhaps a better question is what won’t they do?

Contains a whole lot of kinky antics. Sensitive readers, beware.

One Night with Sole Regret Series, book #4
Featuring bassist, Owen Mitchell
He went there looking for a sure bet…
Sole Regret’s bassist, Owen Mitchell, is convinced that romance is for chumps. He’s only looking for a good time, and when he spots an attractive, older woman emitting men-suck vibes at a brand new sex club, he’s sure he’s found it.

She went there hoping to get over her ex-husband…
Successful business woman, Caitlyn Hanson, is still infuriated and hurt over her ex-husband’s affair with a much younger woman. She’s only looking to scrub his claim from her body by offering it to the first attractive man who shows her interest, and the young, hot stud, who just sat down at her table, will do quite nicely.

They never meant to get personal…
Caitlyn knows she’s not supposed to get attached to Owen just because he gives her body pleasure unlike any she’s ever known, but it’s her first one-night-stand and she can’t seem to keep her heart out of the equation. For once, Owen finds himself in the same conundrum. He likes Caitlyn too much to keep his heart at a safe distance, but will a mistake from Owen’s past drive her away forever?


One Night with Sole Regret Series, book #5
Featuring rhythm guitarist, Kellen Jamison
His heart is tied to his past…
When Sole Regret’s rhythm guitarist, Kellen Jamison, vowed to be faithful to his fiancée and love her forever, he meant it. He never expected to lose her to cancer so early in life. He’s certain he’ll never love again, but destiny has another plan for him.

Her heart is tied to her work…
Grammy-winning classical composer and piano virtuoso, Dawn O’Reilly, is overwhelmed with music-writing deadlines, a fickle muse, and high-expectations. She doesn’t have time to find love, but chance seeks to interfere with her carefully devised plans.

They’re bound to become entangled…
From the instant Kellen hears Dawn’s latest musical composition, his spirits rise. The stirring melody and the remarkable woman responsible for its creation are impossible to resist. His attraction is undeniable; her passion unquenchable. Kellen teaches Dawn there’s freedom in bondage, while her sensuality drives him to unleash his tightly controlled self-restraint. Will the ropes Kellen uses to secure Dawn’s body be the force that binds them together or ultimately sever all ties between them?


One Night with Sole Regret Series, book #6
Featuring drummer, Gabe “Force” Banner
He had planned a perfect weekend for her…

Gabriel “Force” Banner has been unable to get a certain sexy accountant out of his head. Sole Regret’s inventive drummer has created big plans to keep sweet Melanie entertained all weekend long. Unfortunately, Melanie arrives for their rendezvous with a bit of baggage that just might ruin their fun.

She didn’t mean to make things difficult…

Melanie wouldn’t blame Gabe if he left her at the airport with her bit of baggage, but he’s determined to make their limited time together work. When they leave behind the bustle of New Orleans and the rock ‘n’ roll scene to visit his serene oasis outside of Austin, Texas, their romantic weekend seems to be back on track. But life has a way of butting in at the worst possible times.

Can they learn how to support each other in the face of adversity or will reality destroy their budding relationship before it even takes flight?

This novella is 60,000 words long and includes an extra night, because one night with Force just isn’t enough.


Can’t get enough Olivia Cunning?

One Night with Sole Regret # 7

and coming VERY SOON!

This anthology will include the wedding day stories of all five Sinners told in their points of view. It will also include the Aruba honeymoon of the couple who started it all, Brian and Myrna.

The ebook version of Sinners at the Altar will have some added special features, such as never before released deleted scenes from the original books. Don’t miss it!


1. Appetite for Seduction
Running parallel with the events of Rock Hard, Appetite for Seduction, shows the story of Brian Sinclair and Myrna Evan’s wedding day in Las Vegas from their point of view. Their wedding night festivities are interrupted by Trey’s little accident.

2. Take Me to Paradise
Brian and Myrna have been married for almost a year when they are finally able to have a real honeymoon in the Bahamas. Take Me to Paradise is set at the end of Hot Ticket, when the band is unable to tour because of the tragic happenings in Canada.

3. Sweet Love of Mine
Directly following the book Wicked Beat, Sweet Love of Mine, is the courthouse wedding of Eric Sticks and Rebekah Blake followed by their wedding night. Aww, isn’t Eric sweet?

4. Patience
After months of planning, Sed and Jessica’s big day almost ends in disaster. Can the rest of the band save the day, before Jessica becomes a bridezilla? Patience is set several months after Double Time.

5. November Pain
Jace and Aggie decide to tie the knot. Is anything they do conventional? Yeah, probably not. This one takes place near the end of the Exodus End series–a year after Double Time. But I PROMISE not to include Exodus End spoilers.

6. Choose Your Illusion
This is Reagan and Trey’s epilogue. It occurs well after the Exodus End series is completely finished, so more than two years after Double Time. It’s going to be really tough not to include Exodus End spoilers in this one, but I can do it. Right? *deep breath*

Christmas Special: DELTA 6 in Seafoam Green, Mandola in Metallic Blue

What could be more exciting than unwrapping a new guitar at Christmas? How about a custom color Seafoam Green Delta 6 Resonator!? What about a nifty Airline Mandola in Metallic Blue?! That’s right folks, we’ve made 12 of them in these never-been-done-before colors, ready to ship to you on December 5th, with plenty of time to stuff it under the tree for your loved ones.DELTA 6 – Only $499 FREE SHIPPING in North America, $99 to Europe. $139 Australia.
MANDOLA – Only $379 FREE SHIPPING in North America, $79 to Europe. $99 Australia.

The Best Classical Guitar?

Ask 100 different guitarists what they think is the best classical guitar and you will get 100 different answers. Unlike the violin or the piano, the fundamental construction of the classical guitar is still being developed and experimented with by hundreds of luthiers around the world. Whether it be by using new materials like carbon fiber, changing bracing patterns, moving the sound hole or even adding another one, modern luthiers are forging new paths in classical guitar building techniques.
What is the best classical guitar?
What is the best classical guitar?
It would seem, in an effort to cater to larger performance spaces and help in chamber music situations, that many luthiers are searching for new ways to improve the instrument’s ability to project. Greg Smallman was one of the leaders in the late 20th century in guitar innovation and made great developments in guitar projection. His lattice bracing technique, that has now been adopted widely throughout the world, gives a substantial boost in projection, but the resulting change in timbre is too much of a trade for some guitarists who preferred a more traditional , Torres style, sound. Other innovations like the Contreras double top, the Humphrey Millennium Bridge, the Steve Connor sound portal and the Smallman arm-rest are further examples of the new ideas that are being used in guitar building.
With so many differing approaches we are presented with a diverse array of instruments that have very unique and distinct qualities and, in my humble opinion, I think this is more of a blessing than a curse. Hypothetically, it would be nice to have a Stradivarius of the guitar, a singular maker that was renowned to produce a world class instrument. In place of having a consensus on the best classical guitar, however, we are left with an individual mission to find a guitar, a luthier, that suits us.
After being to many guitar festivals, I think I can say the some of the most popular ice breakers are: “what guitar do you have?”, “what strings do you use” and of course… “oh really, can I try your guitar?” It seems like some guitarists are on a mission to either replicate someone else s sound or at least get peer assessment of their own setup. In the end, its not such a bad thing, after all curiosity is a virtue, however, I believe that the sound that is produced from a guitar has more to do with the player and how they wield that guitar, than the guitar itself. It is tempting to think that if we were just to obtain a Smallman we would sound like John Williams, or perhaps a Dammann then we would sound just like David Russell. But its just not the case (I have tried David’s Dammann and, sadly, my sound was not transformed into something like his :) . A good instrument will help to create a good sound and you should always aim to have the best instrument you can afford but in my experience a master guitarist can make even the most basic guitar sound amazing.

C. B. Gitty Cigar Box Guitar 71 – Partagas Spanish Rosado 3-Stringer

This beautiful cigar box guitar is one of C. B. Gitty’s custom models, where each instrument is built to a unique design, and is packed with great features. Built in C. B. Gitty’s workshop, located in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, USA, these are great cigar box instruments – if you have been looking for a cool-sounding, well-made cigar box guitar that you can tune up and start playing right out of the box, then look no further!


C. B. Gitty Cigar Box Guitar 100 – Big Red Fretted 3-Stringer

This beautiful cigar box guitar is one of C. B. Gitty’s custom models, where each instrument is built to a unique design, and is packed with great features. Built in C. B. Gitty’s workshop, located in the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, USA, these are great cigar box instruments – if you have been looking for a cool-sounding, well-made cigar box guitar that you can tune up and start playing right out of the box, then look no further!

This one has a pretty high action and would probably be best used when playing with a slide.

Check out the features and specifcations of this guitar below. The instrument shown in the photographs is the exact one you will receive.

Big and Beautiful 2-string Cigar Box Bass Guitar

This is a big, bold and beautiful 2-string cigar box bass guitar, using a nice double-box body and a red oak neck. This is our first bass guitar build, and it turned out great. Decent acoustic sound, and nice deep thumpy bass through an amplifier. The scale length of this bass is 34″, and the overall length of the instrument is 48 inches, hence the extra shipping costs. The strings we have on it could stand to be a little longer, as the windings begin to reduce before the nut, but this doesn’t seem to affect the playability or intonation any.

The cigar box(es) we used on this are the nice big Arturo Fuente Queen B. We took two of them and attached them together to form one nice big soundbox. Other features include big bass-style chrome tuners, an embedded piezo pickup with volume control, hand-carved “bass cleff” sound hole, nickel box corners, inset fret position markers, jumbo nickel-silver fret wire, and more! This is a fun instrument to play and also looks great hanging on a wall.

« Older Entries Recent Entries »